Decision taken under settlement of student lawsuit announced on May 14.
The University of California (UC) will not consider Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) scores that are submitted with admission and scholarship applications.
This arrangement will be applicable for admissions between fall 2021 and spring 2025. However, voluntarily submitted scores can be used for course placement after a student is admitted.
The decision was taken by the UC under the settlement of a student lawsuit announced on May 14.
Activists have long argued that standardized tests put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage as many of them cannot accept expensive prep courses. A lawsuit was filed against the UC system on behalf of some high school students and non-profit groups in this regard.
The settlement, reached earlier this month, “ensures that the university will not revert to its planned use of the SAT and ACT — which its own regents have admitted are racist metrics,” Amanda Savage, an attorney representing the students, said in a statement reported by the Chronicle.
The UC Board of Regents had voted last year to drop the SAT and ACT tests as admission requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California residents after that. Incoming students this fall did not submit SAT or ACT scores. However, the regents had said applicants for fall 2021 and 2022 could submit the scores voluntarily.
The 10-campus system of CU has more than 280,000 students statewide.
FairTest, a Massachusetts-based non-profit group that opposes standardised testing, announced last month that more than 1,400 accredited colleges and universities granting bachelor's degrees would not require students applying for fall 2022 admission to submit their test scores. That is more than 60% of the undergraduate institutions in the United States, the group said.
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